Army Corps Receives Over $2 Million For Cape, South Shore Projects

KA_Chatham_LightHouse Beach81_112415CHATHAM – Four projects on Cape Cod and the South Shore are in line for $2.3 million in federal funding as the Army Corps of Engineers maps out plans for 2016.

As part of the funding, crews will conduct a $540,000 dredging maintenance project at Chatham’s Stage Harbor.

“Stage Harbor is important to the commercial fishing and shellfishing fleets so the availability of federal funding to maintain the channel is welcome news,” said Jill Goldsmith, Chatham Town Manager. “Stage Harbor provides access to off-loading and fueling facilities and provides safe harbor for vessels during severe storm events. The Town is grateful that funds could be secured to once again allow the Army Corps to undertake the important work of maintaining viable access.”

The completion of dredging work is also planned for Duxbury Harbor. $200,000 has been allocated for that project.

The largest project, in Marshfield, calls for a $1 million repair of the east jetty at Green Harbor, which was damaged by the January 2015 blizzard.

“Marshfield’s Green Harbor is one of the most productive seafood ports in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and is a tremendously valuable asset for recreational boaters as well,” said State Rep. Jim Cantwell. “This jetty provides essential infrastructure support that enables commercial and recreational boaters alike to better access Green Harbor.  Without the jetty the Green Harbor federal channel could become entirely blocked by sand and ocean sediment.”

Coastal protection work is also planned for Plymouth’s Long Beach. The $600,000 project will repair protective infrastructure on the stretch of beach extending out into Plymouth Harbor and providing a barrier between the bay and downtown Plymouth.

Congressman Bill Keating assisted in securing the funding for the projects.

“From severe weather patterns to rising sea levels, our district – with the most coastline in the state – is at greatest risk and vulnerability to these impacts as well as natural erosion,” said Congressman Keating. “My staff and I are in constant contact with the Army Corps regarding necessary projects and we are acutely aware of the repairs and renovations needed to many of our beaches and harbors. From maintenance dredging to emergency work, the Army Corps is a critical partner in addressing the associated risks and plays an important role in preserving our navigational channels for both commerce and recreation. We have seen all too often the impacts of coastal erosion on our roadways, public infrastructure and private property.  These four projects, which are slated to be completed this year, are a step in the right direction to protect our coastline and harbors.”

By MATT McCARTHY, CapeCod.com NewsCenter

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